There are a lot of perks to living in an apartment: no maintenance, less space to keep clean, and usually a host of convenient amenities. However, living in a small space can pose some decorating challenges. If you are renting, lease agreements have also been known to limit one’s options in terms of painting and making any permanent changes, like modifying the floors, switching out or refacing the cabinets, etc. Apartment decorating can feel like an impossible task that makes personalizing your space more of a headache than an enjoyable experience.
If you think you can’t have a stylish and customized space because you live in an apartment, then I’m here to bust that myth right now. Even with the tightest rental restrictions and most limited square footage, you can create a space that is functional, chic, and an expression of who you are. Any space can be made to feel like a home.
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s what we do with them that makes the difference.”
I heard this saying many years ago, though I can’t recall from whom I first heard it. It’s always been one of my favorites. It reminds me that, while I don’t have control over everything that happens in my day, I can make better use of the control I do have by managing my time better.
Time management is one of the secrets to success for many of the world’s most successful people. Chances are, though, they weren’t simply born with amazing time management skills. It is something we learn over time through trial and error. Everyone’s needs are different. Lots of variables come into play, including your own unique process. You have to find your own sweet spot with it, but once you do, you’ll find that your productivity will vastly improve and those 24 hours will seem a little bit longer. (In a good way!)
It’s true ─ paint is an amazing tool that can instantly transform a space. While painting a room is a project most DIYers can easily take on, it’s not necessarily a simple job. There is a lot more to it than dumping a roller in a bucket and going to town.
Some of the most common questions I receive are from readers asking for room painting tips. Though I’ve answered them individually, I thought I’d take the most often asked questions and share them with everyone in one post as a reference guide.
Before you begin your next paint project, read these 14 room painting tips to get prepared. They will help make the painting process smoother and give you more professional-looking results.
Rental living has a lot of perks, but one aspect that can seem like a downside is the restriction on personalization. One of the best parts of having your own space is getting to make it your own, but often when renting an apartment or house you are limited to what you can change in it. Fortunately, the limitations set by your landlord don’t have to limit you from having a stylish space that reflects you.
Renting may make customization a little more challenging, but some of the most creative things ever made were done so under tight restrictions. In fact, sometimes the results can be even better when you don’t have endless options to get overwhelmed by.
There are lots of ways you can decorate an apartment or other leased space without having to paint the walls or tear out those funky colored tiles in the bathroom. With a few apartment decorating tips and tricks, you can put your stamp on it and make it a space that is a reflection of your personality. And you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to do it.
Lighting is one of the most transformative elements in interior design, yet it is often unknowingly treated like an afterthought. Anywhere you go ─ whether it’s a restaurant, a shop, a hotel or an art gallery ─ lighting is silently playing a huge part in how the place looks and feels. The entire ambiance can be controlled by the right lighting and your home lighting is no different!
Choosing the right lighting has more of an impact on the mood of a room than almost any other design element, yet it’s not always given enough consideration. It’s about more than just picking out a pretty lamp (though that’s definitely the fun part!) Knowing what types of lighting to use and where to use them will make all the difference. It can help make a space feel larger, cozier, festive, or romantic. Even if you need a space to suit different moods at different times, you can help control this with your choice of lighting.